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3 Liverpool stars including ‘phenomenally consistent’ ace named in Guardian’s top 10 male players of 2020 list

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3 Liverpool stars including ‘phenomenally consistent’ ace named in Guardian’s top 10 male players of 2020 list

Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk have been named in the top 10 of The Guardian’s list of 100 best male footballers of 2020.

Mane was named at number 5, which was surprisingly a drop from last year’s list, where he finished third.

The 28-year-old claimed 18 goals and seven assists last season as Liverpool claimed their 19th English top-flight title, and first for 30 years.

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As well as his overall tally, Mane scored some very important goals, such as the last-minute winner over Aston Villa last year to open up a big gap as early as November, not to mention epitomising “the focus, class and industry of Klopp’s team”.

Salah was named at number 8, making the list for the sixth year in a row, and was praised for his “phenomenally consistent” output over the years.

The Egypt international began last season slowly by his usually stratospheric standards but hit his stride, finishing with 19 goals and 10 assists en route to the Premier League title.

 

He has hit the ground running this term too, with 16 goals and four assists from just 21 appearances in all competitions.

Finally, Van Dijk rounds off the top 10, an eight-place drop from second last year, though The Guardian notes how it was “impossible” for the Dutchman to replicate his stratospheric highs of 2019.

Nonetheless, he remains the highest-ranked defender on the list as an ever-present and crucial part of the title-winning Liverpool team of 2020, not to mention a rock at the back for the Netherlands.

Outside the top 10,  Thiago Ancantara was listed in 17th place, with Trent Alexander-Arnold one down in 18th, Alisson Becker sits 26th, Jordan Henderson is 33rd, with Andrew Robertson a place behind him, and Roberto Firmino is 43rd.

Meanwhile, outside the top 50, Fabinho is at number 51, Diogo Jota sits 63rd, and Georginio Wijnaldum is at 73.

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